TORONTO, Feb. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - The Drummond Report establishes that new
approaches are needed, particularly around prevention, to ensure that
Ontario's health care system is sustainable.
Ontario's 1200 regulated Naturopathic Doctors are already providing the
kind of health care that Drummond says is necessary. Naturopathic
Doctors help keep patients healthy through our unique expertise in
addressing preventable risk factors, managing or even reversing chronic
disease, lowering reliance on expensive pharmaceuticals, and more. As
primary care providers, Naturopathic Doctors are already helping to
keep patients from having to visit an ER, and can do more.
The Commission report says that more of a focus on prevention will save
precious health care dollars, and create a healthier Ontario.
"Drummond recognizes that much more can be done to achieve what we all
want, which is to have good health, and save health care dollars in the
process" said Elias Markou, ND, Chair of the Ontario Association of
Naturopathic Doctors. "A major focus of naturopathic care is to address
risk factors to help prevent the onset of cancer, hypertension,
diabetes, and other chronic diseases. We treat the root cause of health
conditions that otherwise may place major demands on the public health
The new Naturopathy Act is intended to modernize the regulation of Naturopathic Doctors, and
remove current barriers to Ontario's Naturopathic Doctors using their
full training and capability. Health Minister Deb Matthews has said
she recognizes the importance of all health professions "contributing
their full potential to the benefit of patients."
About the OAND
The Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) represents
regulated Naturopathic Doctors in Ontario. Naturopathic Doctors are
highly educated primary care providers who integrate standard medical
diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies. Most extended
health care insurance programs cover the cost of seeing an ND.
For more information about the OAND, visit our web site www.oand.org
SOURCE Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors
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